Atlantic Canada Regional Seed Bank

The Atlantic Canada Regional Seed Bank was established in 2014 to increase supply and access to regionally adapted, biodiverse varieties of vegetables, grains, and herbs. The seed bank is a partnership between ACORN, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture, Seeds of Diversity, and SeedChange (formerly USC Canada). It is located in Truro, NS. A group of 20-25 organic and ecological growers in four Atlantic provinces support the bank, curating the collection, growing out the varieties to maintain and improve them, and contributing new varieties each year. The seed bank serves primarily Atlantic region farmers and would not exist without their hard work and careful stewardship of seed. 

The Seed Bank Grow-out Program

Growing seed for the bank this year? Thanks so much for your participation!  You can find relevant information on this page, and contact Steph Hughes (shughes@weseedchange.org) if you have any questions.

  • You can contribute seed to the seed bank either through our official Grow-out Program (funding available) or by donating samples of seed varieties from your farm or personal collection. 
  • All seed contributed to the seed bank must be (1) non proprietary, (2) open-pollinated, and (3) not readily available commercially at farm-scale quantities (except where you're actively selecting/adapting a variety.) All vegetable and grain varieties are welcomed; however, we are looking to add new varieties so we can continue to expand this collection. ​​

Updates will be posted to this site, as well as distributed through our monthly(ish) Seedy E-News. To subscribe to the e-news, please click here. If you have questions about the Grow-out program, please email Steph Hughes at shughes@weseedchange.org. Thanks to funding from Echo Foundation and ongoing partnership support from SeedChange.

The Seed Bank Inventory

In 2019, we digitized our seed bank inventory, making it possible to store more detailed data about each variety, and making it easier for you to access the information. To search the seed bank database, please click here, or use the search fields below.  For best results, it's recommended that you search by "crop", rather than by "variety". Please note the database is new and information is still being updated and added to it. If you have any questions, please contact Steph Hughes (shughes@weseedchange.org).